Introduction: Heather is the CEO of Mylan, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based pharmaceutical corporation that describes itself as the third largest generics and specialty pharmaceutical company in the world
I came across one of the most amazing human beings. Heather had a very humble beginning in life. She was the daughter of West Virginia U.S. Senator and former West Virginia governor Joe Manchin. She got her first job with Mylan when her father, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, ran into the then-CEO and co-founder Milan “Mike” Puskar at a college basketball game and mentioned that his daughter, a recent graduate, was job hunting. Though she might have gotten her foot in the door thanks to paternal intervention, she’s ascended to CEO at the generic drug company on her own. Steve Clemons of The Atlantic writes, “spending time with her, it becomes immediately clear that her intellectual dexterity with the details of running a global pharmaceuticals business has nothing to do with family connections.” Bresch transitioned from company president to company CEO in 2012 and became in charge of approximately 18,000 employees. Barron’s reports Mylan’s earnings have risen more than 25 percent in the last year that Bresch has been CEO.
Bresch was named one of Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women In Business” in 2012. In 2009, she was named one of the top women in the global pharmaceutical industry by FiercePharma.
Career Lesson: Humble beginnings and success aren’t mutually exclusive. Bresch started at the bottom, literally, when she began working for Mylan in 1992. She was responsible for typing drug labels on bottles in the basement of one of the company’s West Virginia plants. And at 44, she looks perfectly in shape. She follows a very strict fitness regime. Mylan’s mission is to provide the world’s 7 billion people access to high quality medicine. She is dedicated to improve the health of people on this planet and she herself manages to be healthy and fit.
Over the course of her 20-year career at the company, Bresch has been a champion of initiatives and policy changes aimed at removing barriers that hinder patient access to high quality medicine. Some of Bresch’s key policy priorities include working to ensure that everyone living with HIV/AIDS has access to treatment. She is a stand for every human being to have a perfect health and hence Peak energy level.
A lot to learn from you, Heather! Thanks for being who you are!